Author Archives: Connor Schoelzel

Neil Gorsuch Approved as Supreme Court Justice

President Donald Trump introducing Gorsuch as his Supreme Court nominee at the White House, January 2017. Photo provided by wikipedia

On April 7, President Trump’s nominee, Neil M. Gorsuch, was confirmed by the senate to become the 113th justice of the United States Supreme Court. This is the second presidential nomination to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016. The first nominee, Judge Merrick Garland was nominated by former President Obama in March 2016. Senate Republicans did not ... Read More »

Portage County Residents Seek New Drainage Practices

A look upstream. Photo courtesy of Dalen Dahl.

On Saturday, April 15, Justin and Lynn Isherwood hosted a kickoff event for the Friends of the Buena Vista Marsh at their farm in Plover. The event was held to offer information about the history of the Buena Vista Marsh and to bring community awareness to the Isherwoods’ perspective in regard to their current litigation with the drainage board. Justin ... Read More »

Schmeekle Presents: The Healing Power of Forests

A student taking a stroll in the relaxing Schmeekle Reserve. Photo by Sydney Inks

On Saturday, April 15, Schmeekle Reserve’s Visitor Center was host to a program entitled The Healing Power of Forests. Micah Hoger, a practicum student in the Environmental Education program at Schmeekle Reserve, presented to a full room about how nature can be used alongside traditional medical practices. “Our forests and natural areas are not just habitat for animals and recreational ... Read More »

High-Capacity Wells, Low-Regulation Legislation

The Little Plover River runs through Iverson Park in Stevens Point. Photo courtesy of Dalen Dahl.

On Wednesday, April 5 the Wisconsin state senate handed a bill to the state assembly which, if passed, will allow repair, replacement, or change in ownership of high-capacity wells without state approval. According to the Wisconsin DNR website, “Wisconsin Administrative Code defines a high capacity well system as one or more wells, drillholes or mine shafts on a property that ... Read More »

Local Farms Offer Community-Supported Agriculture Shares

Vegetables on display at a farmers market. "Harvest Vegetables" by Jeanette is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

With summer just around the corner, many Stevens Point residents are looking forward to local produce from their shares in CSAs, or Community-Supported Agriculture. CSAs are a way of connecting individuals directly with local farmers and local produce. At the beginning of the season, a farm will sell shares of their crops, usually in full or half shares. Once the ... Read More »

Clean Water’s Continued Controversy in Portage County

GCAC subcommittee meeting at the Lincoln Center. Photo by Connor Schoelzel

On Thursday, March 30, the second public meeting of the Groundwater Protection Ordinance subcommittee began with a proposition to postpone meetings for several months. The group is a special limited term subcommittee of the Portage County Groundwater Citizen Advisory Committee. The committee is charged with analyzing an ordinance brought to the county by citizens of New Hope. The ordinance aims ... Read More »

Congress Repeals FCC Internet Privacy Rules

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Congress voted on March 28 to overturn unimplemented broadband privacy rules created five months ago by the Federal Communications Commission. The rules would have required internet service providers to ask consumers before they collect personal information to be sold and to disclose what data was collected and shared. A repeal means that internet service providers will be able to gather ... Read More »

Metered Bicycle Parking to Replace State Funding

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As part of a desperate effort to resuscitate a quickly depleting budget, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is implementing a plan to enforce metered bicycle parking. The idea was put forth after the release of the most recent budget proposal from Wisconsin’s supreme dictator for life, and alleged spawn of Satan, Wott Scalker. The new budget would take away all ... Read More »

UWSP Hosts Panel Discussion on Sustainability in Agriculture

From left to right: Joel Kuehnhold, Taylor Christiansen, Kim Bremmer, Dr. Jacob Prater, and Dr. Krishna Roka. Photo by Ross Vetterkind

On Wednesday March 29, student organizations Meat Free SP and the Land Conservation Society hosted a panel discussion about sustainability in agriculture in the Alumni room. The panel consisted of five individuals from varying farming backgrounds including Krishna Roka and Jacob Prater, assistant professors of environmental sociology and soil waste resources, respectively. Also present were representatives of Lonely Oaks Farm, ... Read More »

Portage County Citizens Address Nitrate-Groundwater Concerns

Corn under blue skies. "Corn Field" by Theophilos Papadopoulos is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Portage county citizens are coming together to pass an ordinance that addresses health concerns resulting from high levels of nitrates in ground water. It began in the township of New Hope when a group of citizens became concerned about their groundwater quality. “Nitrates move very quickly through the soil, especially on big crops like corn which is very inefficient in ... Read More »